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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Digital lockers will take parcels and clean laundry
Services such as LaundryLocker have been attempting to replace the traditional laundromat with a 24/7 automated service inside apartment buildings for years now. But now it has a competitor in NYC-based Clean Cube, which is adding secure package pick ups and drop offs alongside quick and easy dry cleaning services. READ MORE…
In Amsterdam, hotel lets guests order high street fashion to their room
In the case of a wardrobe emergency, a few retailers have begun to offer rapid delivery of staple items, such as London-based Thomas Pink's 90-minute Delivery of white shirts. But it’s much more difficult to find similar services while abroad in a city you don’t know. The Dylan hotel in Amsterdam has now launched its own service called Room Shopping, which lets guests source products from the local 9 straatjes district and get them delivered to their room in under an hour. READ MORE…
Shyp lets users send any item without without leaving the house
Shipping a parcel can sometimes be more trouble than it’s worth — finding the right packaging, having to actually put clothes on to travel to the nearest post office, and the inevitable gargantuan queue. While ideas such as the UK’s Doddle have enabled commuters to simply drop off their parcels at the train station, a new app called Shyp lets users simply take a snap of their package to get it picked up and delivered straight from their home. READ MORE…
Like airline food? Service wings it to your door each week
Airline food, especially in economy class, has a bad reputation, although part of its tastelessness can be attributed to the desensitization of the tastebuds at 30,000 feet. Back on the ground, its full flavor can be enjoyed and we’ve even seen Arlanda Foodtrucks offer up airport food on the street. Now Germany’s Air Food One is a subscription service that lets anyone get airline meals delivered to their home once a week. READ MORE…
Coffee stain? Menswear brand will deliver a fresh white shirt in under 90 mins
The idea of an emergency wardrobe service isn’t an especially new one — we recently wrote about the Closet S.O.S. campaign the Costa Rican branch of Forever 21, for example. However, these services are often aimed at women, but the fashion industry is increasingly moving towards the newly fashion-conscious male market and London-based tailor Thomas Pink’s 90-Minute Delivery service helps customers quickly replace a smart shirt in the case of an emergency. READ MORE…
Pre-prepped ingredients delivered to the door help anyone make their favorite restaurant dishes at home
 Cooking a good meal can take up far too much of the little time most people have, a fact that contributes to the huge amounts of money that the average consumer spends on eating out each year. While services such as Brazil’s Gulala have aimed to make things easier with 24-hour delivery of ingredients for meals, Forage turns home cooks into pro chefs by providing all of the ingredients needed to make dishes culled from the menus of top US restaurants. READ MORE…
Everything you need for an impromptu picnic, delivered anywhere in under an hour
When the weather’s nice, it’s good to get outdoors and make the most of it. But sometimes the sun can come out at unexpected moments, leading to a mad dash out of the office to catch the last few rays. Paris Picnic is a service that lets customers enjoy all the trappings of a French picnic on the Seine — or anywhere — with just an hour’s notice. READ MORE…
Subscription service lets online shoppers make unlimited item returns
Regular readers of Springwise will remember our recent coverage of JeansOnline, the Netherlands-based service that gives internet shoppers time to try clothes on when they’re delivered to save on return fees. Now Return Saver is hoping to tackle the same problem with its fixed-fee, annual subscription service that offers unlimited return shipping to any e-retailer. READ MORE…
In SF, pharmacy goods will be delivered in 15 mins via drone
Drones have recently been touted as an option for businesses to more quickly deliver products to consumers without having to send out a human driver, but the speed of the flying robots could have wide implications for healthcare. We’ve already seen Germany’s Defikopter project explore the possibility of getting defibrillators to heart attack victims before the paramedics even arrive, and now San Francisco’s QuiQui is set to offer 24/7 delivery of pills and prescriptions via drone. READ MORE…
App enables users to deliver items through traveling friends
Social networks are useful for helping users stay up-to-date with what their friends are doing, however they can also be harnessed for greater purposes. Friendshippr is an app that keeps track of contacts’ travel plans to allow users to ‘crowdship’ goods through them. READ MORE…
Evening delivery service fills the gap left by major online retailers
Online shopping is more convenient for customers in multiple ways, but delivery of items can still be a pain for those who work in the daytime or otherwise can’t predict where they’ll be at the time of delivery. In the past, we’ve seen schemes such as Belgium’s Cardrops, which gives access to consumers’ car trunks wherever they happen to be. Now Luna aims to undercut major online retailers by providing the evening delivery service that they don’t. READ MORE…
In Brazil, tomorrow’s meal ingredients prepared and delivered in 24 hours
Parents are well aware of how difficult it can be to create a different meal from scratch every day of the week, given the amount of recipe research, shopping and preparation required. Now Brazilian service Gulala is offering members all of the ingredients for a wide number of recipes, prepped and delivered within 24 hours. READ MORE…
In San Francisco, flowers hand-delivered in under 90 mins
Hyperlocalized businesses are becoming able to deliver goods at lightning-quick speeds thanks to the web, and we’ve already seen startups such as France’s L’appero offer aperitif bundles at any location in 45 minutes. Now BloomThat is hoping to do the same for flowers — picking, preparing and delivering fresh bouquets in under 90 minutes. READ MORE…
Instant aperitif service delivers in 45 minutes
Startups such as Postmates have aimed to provide quicker local delivery by taking advantage of idle couriers. Based in Paris only, L’appero is an on-demand apéritif delivery service that promises customers no more than a wait of 45 minutes. READ MORE…
Email addresses linked with physical location for item delivery
Given that people are always on the move, it can’t be guaranteed that they will be at home to receive their post, leading to failed deliveries. Belgium service Cardrops has already used consumers’ car trunks to ensure items are successfully delivered. Now, UK-based SoPost wants people to begin using their email addresses as a delivery location, which can be attached to multiple delivery points. READ MORE…